Building A Spring Capsule Wardrobe

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t” ~Joshua Becker

Spring has arrived. It’s time to shed that heavy winter coat and get ready for traveling a little lighter.


This past week I jumped into my Spring-cleaning beginning with the closets. This is where I carry my baggage. literally

 It’s here where unwanted worn items seem to accumulate. fast & furiously Ones that take up unnecessary space and time. you know what I mean Going through and getting rid of those items which hinder living simply and more fully.

I have accepted that this closet de-cluttering/editing will most likely be an annual exercise for me. I seem to accumulate things stuff  it’s a part of who I was for many years.

The important thing however is that I’m now the best I’ve ever been and have learned how to edit things stuff before they get out of hand.

For me it’s all about having a  clearing out time. Perhaps you have wondered how to accomplish this.

It’s been a trial and error thing for me. a continual process of conversion but trust me there is hope ahead. Just recently I decided it was time to transition from a Winter to Spring wardrobe.  There are numerous ways in which to do this and what worked for me might not work for you. With that said one morning and with thoughtful intention I removed all clothing from my closet that hadn’t been worn in the last year. (I do the hanger trick of leaving the hangers of clothing not worn in same position making it easy to identify un-worn items) Then I pulled out the Winter items & carefully switched those to the loft closet.

By doing this I was able to see only those items which I knew I loved and would wear.

Simplifying my wardrobe by having a certain number of clothes & shoes that coordinate with one another. ( that number for me is around 40 per season & includes 13-15 tops, 7-9 pants, 8-10 shoes, 4-5 skirts, 4-5 dresses/coats/jackets, 2-4 handbags)

By doing this I’m able to pull outfits together in half the time.  This process also helps to identify your favorite neutral, main, and accent colors. Here are a few outfits that I’ve put together for my Spring wardrobe. (my accent colors are pinks & oranges)

Tried and True Tips for building your own capsule wardrobe

  • Clear out anything/everything that you haven’t worn in a year. Begin with the easy stuff. (out of style, old, worn, etc.) then move on to mistake purchases (items you purchased on sale & have never worn) then clear out anything that doesn’t fit your authentic self. (this is important. I have purchased things in the past that just don’t work now since I live on the Oregon coast) Toss!!!
  • Keep only those items that fit you, & your lifestyle now. (This is an important step to ensure every item in your wardrobe fits your lifestyle and includes only the items you need.)  As the season changes repeat #1 & reassess your wardrobe bringing only those pieces that will transition into the new season. (case in point I kept a light sweater from my winter wardrobe to pair with my spring.)
  • Shop Intentionally. This was a HUGE one for me. I have always been one to buy something if I liked/wanted it (a little embarrassing to admit) It’s important to have a focus when you are shopping for clothes. I have found that I’m drawn to certain colors & try to make sure that I’ll be able to blend & wear my purchase with other items for more than just one season.
  •  And last but not least I have found that since I became more conscious of how I choose to purchase things I am also more aware of how much less I actually need. (in regards to clothing the more I’m able to mix/match the more outfits I have) This awareness has effected other areas of my life as well. Everything is interconnected. A small step in one area leads to another in others and before you know it you will see great results.

How do you create a wardrobe for Spring?

I’d love to hear about it. perhaps even a photo?

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Spring Awakenings

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant”

~Anne Bradstreet

One week of daylight savings has passed and I think I’ve adjusted to it no doubt it helped that my husband turned the clocks forward the day before  (yes…no doubt)

This has been an exceptionally wet winter. I loved the rain, and I’m very grateful for the beauty that surrounds me.

 Spring is just around the corner and I’ve been anticipating it’s arrival.

Just thinking about the glorious sunshine and pretty colors that are popping up is quite exciting.

I notice the birds feathering their nests and get inspired to do the same here.

Today I”d like to  share with you some of the new featherings in the cottage living room.

After this very rainy season and spending more time inside than out

I realized it was important for me to have more color

I also wanted to make this room feel a little larger and open yet keep the cozy cottage feel.

First I brought in the drapes from the  sitting room and hung them in the living room. I hung the curtains about an inch from the ceiling which helps to draw your eyes upward  and visually makes the room appear higher than it actually is.

The diamond shape in the drapes assisted in this visual effect.

By keeping the walls white and adding a few pieces of whimsy art I brightened up the room. The furniture is unique and fits nicely in this room.

The newly painted end table adds to the warmth and coziness to this now happy nest.

What changes are awaiting your nest?

I’d love to hear about them…

And on another note do you have any plans for the weekend?

Here’s a yummy recipe I just discovered. It’s a winner if you love avocados, salmon, and rice. like I do! The good thing is that avocados & salmon are healthy. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-2 fatty acids and protein. (which is great for me since I don’t eat red meat or chicken)  Salmon is also a great source of B12 & vitamin D. I usually prepare some kind of salmon dish at least once a week. This recipe is so easy you just might want to prepare more!

Prep time 10 mins. Cook time  30 mins. Total time 40 mins.

For Rice———

Ingredients: 1 cup jasmine rice

1 1/2 cups of water


Juice from 1/2 lime

2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp honey

3 Tbsp chicken or vegetable stock

For Salmon —————

2 8oz. salmon fillets, skin on

1 Tbsp line juice

1 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro


For Avocado —————–

1 ripe avocado

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro

1/4 tsp chili powder (less for milder topping)


Cook rice in salted water per package instructions. Remove from heat when cooked. Preheat a medium cooking pan over medium-high heat. Mix stock, lime juice, honey, and cilantro together. Pour the mixture into the preheated pan and let it simmer for about a minute. Take the pan off heat and mix rice into the liquid. Season with a little bit more salt, mix well, and set aside.


Preheat oven to 425 and cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease it. Rub the salmon skin with some oil and place the fillets skin down on the prepared baking sheet. Mix lime juice, honey, and cilantro together and rub salmon fillets with it on all exposed sides. You can pour more glaze over the top and season with some salt. (Some glaze will likely run down onto the baking sheet)  Bake salmon for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets.


Cut avocado in half. Remove the pit & skin. Slice avocado into small slice & place into small bowl. Add lemon juice, cilantro, chili powder, and salt. Mix everything gently together. Divide rice among two bowls, top it off with a salmon fillet, and top each bowl with half the avocado mixture.


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The VeRy L-o-v-e of Spring…♡

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea.  I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a cup of tea. …♡

 I love tulips.  This adorable tulip teacup came from a tearoom in Redmond, Oregon. That particular visit, had marked  my 37th Tearoom.  Amazing! And what is even more amazing….that afternoon was nearly 25 years ago.♡

There have been many “Springtimes” since then. Many happy new BeGiNnInGs and a few bittersweet EnDiNgS. I do love the Springtime. It reminds me that we can always BeGiN again. And when we begin again… there’s “HoPe”.

In the garden, it’s exciting to watch, and see things coming up again.

Plants that you’ve had for many years. It’s like seeing an old friend.♡

These are my poinsettias from December.  They are still flowering….♡ Isn’t that extra-ordinary!

In the summer I plant Hollyhocks, Foxgloves, and then Delphinium. ♡

We have felt Springtime here in Southern California for quite a while, and so every possible hour has been spent in the garden. It gives me such satisfaction…. I’m always finding SoMeThInG to do.♡

I’ve had a clear vision for how I thought the garden should look. At the nursery they say, “Can we help you?” “No!” (Grin) I know just what I want – or don’t want. It takes lots of work, and patience to create. ..♡ Psssst…Can I tell you a secret♡ some people call this a Cottage garden, but really it’s just a good MeSsY GaRdEn. It’s not like painting— I just stick the plants in. I love large quantities of BlOoMs all jumbled together.  Guess what? I have a GaRdEn piggy bank….and when it’s filled, I spend it ALL on a variety of flowers…. I enjoy creating a SpLaSh.♡

I’m wondering if you love Springtime too…I have a feeling you do. ..♡
I’m so glad you stopped by today… and that we were able to CeLeBrAtE a little SpRiNg together.♡ I hope you enjoyed your visit. Have a lovely week my friend.♡
Xoxo. ..
Oh, and I must share a peek of my little flower garden here on the Oregon Coast. It’s still raining …and most likely will be through April. (That’s what many of the locals tell me)
I did not plant these pretty things. They just magically appeared a few days ago.
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Foggy With A Chance Of Clearing


I hope that you had a nice week. Anything out of the ordinary going on?  Mine has been a little interesting. foggy

I just returned from a walk to the bluff.

The rain has stopped and the fog is lifting.

I’m on the mend from a recent head cold. perhaps a little brain fog going on

My computer phablet crashed this week ( I do most of the work for my blog on this) and consequently ended up losing some of my data and many of my contacts. (most)


fog is lifting…  after lots of research etc…  I felt informed enough and purchased my next phone/computer/camera/

I’m now a student again learning how to operate it. exciting, fun, stressful, frustrating, joyful!

learning anything new takes time 

 walking through the fog

 sometimes you don’t know what you are doing or where you are going. . but I’m going for it anyway

(new friendships, handymen, exploring new things) learning how to use a new computer….

walking in grayness…feeling my way along….

fog lifted


I’m looking foggy oops meant forward to the weekend. Speaking of foggy (seriously what is the matter with me) .f.o.r.w.a.r.d…remember to set your clocks) A few friends are getting together for a Home Movie date and homemade pizza & salad.

Guacamole Salad


4 avocados, thinly sliced

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 large handful fresh parsley/coriander

1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)

for the dressing

juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste. Place the sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes and red onion on a large platter/individual plates and scatter over the herbs and chilli. Mix all the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.

Cheers to your weekend!


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Coasting Into March

The twelve months…

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy, Showery, Flowery, Bowery, Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy, Breeze, Sneezy, Freezy,…~George Ellis

The middle of this past week began with a new month. March. Any chance you celebrated Mardi Gras? I enjoyed a Mardi Gras dinner at the church I attend. During the dinner I met a couple who had recently moved from Southern California (very close to where I use to live) to the Oregon coast. such a small world isn’t it…

The madcap month of March has arrived.

Here on my fabulous coast I’ve seen wind, rain, sunshine, hail, light featherings of snow, and several rainbows.🌈

I know without a doubt that Winter is trying to say goodbye, and I’m ready to bid it farewell!

The first signs of Spring are forcing themselves into new beginnings hello.

However what I’m also very much aware of is that Mother Nature can’t be rushed.

March is a month of indecision.

It can’t quite make it’s mind up. sounds a little like me at times 

I’m learning patience.

I begin to garden, and it rains.

I get all cozy in a comfy chair with my favorite book

and the sun comes out brilliantly. 

Mother Nature has grabbed my attention with her soft teasing breezes which then quickly turn into strong gusts of wind.

During a recent bright & sunny day I excitedly hopped in my jeep

and ventured on a garden excursion to one of my favorite nurseries.

 I purchased an abundance of primroses. those happy little flowers

With the enthusiasm of a child I joyfully planted them in the front window box.

Later that same evening a light snow fell and covered them all. Much to my surprise they survived. Mother Nature is amazing with all her charms. One being that her Beauty has many facets. Similar to those primroses which are fragile looking, they are also extremely resilient and strong.

Have a fabulous month!


👏👏I’d like to give a shout out to the Young Bucks a local band on the Oregon Coast. They provided great entertainment at Holy Trinity Mardi Gras celebration.


Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

2 large heads of broccoli

5 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced

2-3 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup roasted pecans, chopped

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425
  2. Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks and cut the larger pieces through the base of the head with a small knife, pulling the florets apart. Place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Toss the garlic on the broccoli and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast for 20-15 minutes, until crisp & tender with the tips of some florets browned.
  3. Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with lemon juice, pecans and Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

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